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Information Technology BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate at Caterham High School

Course description

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology is intended as an Applied General qualification covering 360 GLH and equivalent in size to one A Level.

It is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of Higher Education courses, not necessarily in IT.

Learners will develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as the relationship between hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.

Course content

The objective of this qualification is to give learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in IT systems, systems management and social media in business. This will enable learners to progress to further study in the IT sector or other sectors.

Learners will study three mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Information Technology Systems (synoptic)
  • Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information  
  • Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business.

This qualification includes a choice of optional units, including:

  • Unit 5: Data Modelling
  • Unit 6: Website Development.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s at grade A*–C including Maths and English at grade C/grade 4. An aptitude and a liking for ICT.

Future opportunities

This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. As the content is equivalent in size to one A Level, Higher Education representatives have confirmed that it is appropriate to allow learners to choose their optional units from a wide range so that they can explore their own choice of areas for further study. The qualification supports entry to, for example:

  • HND in Business
  • BA (Hons) in Computer Arts
  • BSc (Hons) in Fashion Buying Management
  • BSc (Hons) in Software Development for Animation
  • BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caterham High School directly.

Last updated date: 03 January 2017
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